Cisco has developed a comprehensive portfolio of wireless networking devices and technologies engineered to enable anywhere, anytime access to information and other resources and to facilitate teamwork among employees, associates, suppliers, and clients. Cisco's wireless product families include Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki series of access points (APs), as well as Cisco's Wireless LAN Controller plug-ins and appliances. Progent's Cisco-certified wireless consultants can help organizations of all sizes to deploy Cisco wireless products to support the current paradigm of Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) computing by integrating their wired/wireless environments to achieve easy configuration, consistent and fast performance, single-point management, enterprise-wide policy, high availability (HA), and across-the-board protection.

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Cisco's Converged Technology for Bring-Your-Own-Device and Wired/Wireless Connectivity

Cisco's Unified Wireless solution can expand to up to 18,000 APs with full Layer 3 connectivity at central or offsite locations such as enterprise campuses, college auditoriums, branches, and telecommuter homes. Cisco's 802.11x APs and wireless controllers are components of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are engineered to deliver the same level of security, throughput, and ease of management for wireless LANs that companies demand in their wired ecosystem. This architecture includes integrated mobile services such as VoIP, high-definition IP video, and secure guest access. Cisco's Unified Wireless Network technology allows organizations to create Wi-Fi ecosystems that improve the way they do business and enhance productivity through a dynamic and collaborative employee base.

Progent's Cisco CCIE network infrastructure consulting services offers remote or on-premises support to help your organization to plan, deploy, maintain, upgrade, and troubleshoot converged wired/wireless network infrastructure of any size and for any environment. Also, Progent can provide affordable remote and onsite Wi-Fi site surveys to help your company to plan and install a wireless network with customized AP clustering optimized for your individual office layout, building structure, and application workloads.

Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Access Points (APs)
Cisco Aironet and Meraki Wireless Access Points Support ServicesCisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki families of APs allow organizations to converge wired and wireless infrastructure to deliver the accessibility, density, throughput, security compliance and ease of management required for virtually any scenario. These wireless access points range from bare bones, single-radio 802.11b/g/n units with data rates of 300 Mbps designed for small companies or telecommuters to dual-radio 802.11a/b/g/n/ac access points capable of supporting 200 or more wireless clients per AP and delivering throughput as high as 1.9 Gbps. Cisco's latest selection of wireless access points can be clustered to provide the capacity to support wireless networks crowded with clients and with high usage rates of HD video applications.

Cisco Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Family of APs
Cisco Small Business Access Points Online SupportCisco's Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Family of wireless access points are Linux-powered devices intended as entry-level 802.11n wireless APs for light workloads. Most versions in Cisco's Small Business portfolio of APs support Cisco's Single Point Setup system, which allows you to configure, manage and troubleshoot a group of access points from a single AP through an intuitive browser-based tool. All models include Power over Ethernet and provide QoS, rogue AP detection, and bridge mode for connecting to another Ethernet LAN.

The Cisco Small Business WAP121 Access Point is a wall-mountable, single-band 2.4GHz device able to handle 16 active 802.11n wireless clients, includes a 10/100 Ethernet interface, permits up to 4 AP devices and 40 active wireless clients per cluster, and can handle data rates of 300 Mbps. Cisco's WAP131 is a desktop dual-radio 802.11a/b/g/n wireless access point that can handle 16 active wireless clients per radio for up to 32 clients, features a Gigabit Ethernet interface, and can support sustained data rates of 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP131 Wireless-N does not support AP clustering. Cisco's Small Business WAP150 is a general-purpose Wave 1 dual-radio 802.11ac/n AP that includes a one Gbit Power over Ethernet port and can support up to 16 clients from each radio with 867 Mbps performance for AC clients and 300 Mbps for 802.11n clients. The Cisco Small Business WAP150 allows 4 access points per cluster.

Cisco's Small Business WAP321 Access Point is a wall-mountable selectable-band (either 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz) 802.11a/b/g/n unit with support for up to 80 wireless clients sharing an 8-device cluster. The Cisco WAP321 has a 10/100/1000 Ethernet interface and can deliver sustained throughput of 300 Mbps for the activated radio. The Cisco WAP351 is a dual-radio 802.11n AP that includes a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet switch and can support 32 active wireless clients per radio for a total of up to 64 active clients, and deliver a sustained data rate of 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP351 AP does not support clustering. Cisco's Small Business WAP361 is a dual-band 802.11ac wireless access point that features a 5 x Gb Ethernet LAN switch, can support 32 clients per radio, and delivers 867 Mbps throughput for wireless AC clients and 300 Mbps for 802.11n devices. The Cisco Small Business WAP361 supports eight WAP361 access points per cluster. Cisco's wallmount WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-radio AP that supports 802.11a/b/g/n as well as the latest 802.11ac IEEE specification. The WAP371 Wireless-AC/N has a 10/100/1000 Ethernet port, can support as many as 32 wireless clients on each radio, and eight access points per cluster.

Cisco's WAP561 802.11n Dual Radio Selectable Band AP includes a GE interface and dual radios (2.4 and 5.0 GHz) that deliver 450 Mbps performance for each radio, support 64 clients per radio, and allow up to 16 access points per cluster. Cisco's WAP551 is similar to the WAP 561 but features a single selectable band. Cisco's WAP571 and WAP571E (a ruggedized outdoor model) are dual-band 802.11ac access points that feature 2 x GE LAN interfaces with link aggregation, 3x3 MIMO, and up to 1.9 Gigabit/sec throughput with 1300 Mbps on 802.11ac and 600 Mbps over 802.11n. Both access points support 32 clients on each radio and 16 APs per cluster.

The Aironet Family of Wireless Access Points
Aironet Wireless Access Point System DesignMeraki Wireless Access Points Consulting ServicesCisco's Aironet portfolio of indoor and outdoor wireless access points has for years been the top-selling access point product. Aironet access points range from value priced models to enterprise-class units. Cisco's Aironet series cover several generations of models compliant with the continually improving 802.11x Wi-Fi specification. Cisco's latest portfolio of Aironet access points work with Cisco's Unified Wireless Network software and come with 802.11ac Wi-Fi support, which offers three times the performance as well as superior distance and user density than the previous generation of APs. Cisco's latest multi-frequency Aironet access points can accommodate 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for clients that lack 802.11ac radios.

The earliest Aironet APs are legacy devices that have come to end-of-sale status and are not supported by Cisco. Progent continues to support the entire Aironet line of APs and can assist you to manage and troubleshoot your current Aironet Wi-Fi environment or move efficiently to the latest Aironet products. To find out more about Progent's consulting services for current and outdated Aironet access points, refer to Cisco Aironet wireless access points consulting services.

Meraki Wireless Access Points
Meraki Access Point ConsultingCisco Meraki AP Configuration ConsultantsCisco's portfolio of Meraki 2.4/5 GHz indoor APs range from budget-friendly models for small businesses to enterprise-class products supporting up to 2.5 Gbit/sec throughput. Every Cisco Meraki indoor wireless access point provides next-generation features like self-configuring plug-and-play deployment, advanced security, Bring-Your-Own-Device support, extensive analytics, automatic over-the-web updates, and centralized cloud management for multiple sites. Each Meraki indoor AP also includes two high-power client-serving radios with enhanced reception plus a separate radio that offers (WIDS/WIPS) security for threat detection and deep packet inspection at line rate.

Cisco's Meraki outdoor access points are IP67 rated, designed to withstand rugged outdoor environments, and tested to withstand dust, vibration and moisture. Cisco's Meraki outdoor wireless access points include a Gigabit Ethernet port and offer advanced capabilities such as cloud-based management with multi-site visibility, 802.1X and native Active Directory integration, built-in antivirus scan, single-click secure guest access and isolation firewall, Layer 7 traffic shaping, plus self-configuring mesh with beamforming. To find out more about Progent's support for Meraki wireless access points and management tools, see Cisco's Meraki access points consulting services.

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers
Wireless LAN Controllers Configuration and Support ConsultingCisco wireless network controllers reduce the effort and cost required to deploy, manage, and operate wireless networks by offering single-point control of functions like provisioning APs, applying consistent policies across converged networks, supporting enterprise-wide QoS for voice and HD video, monitoring and optimizing system health, activating security tools to guard against unauthorized access and DoS threats, and handling IPv6 and dual-stack clients. Cisco has designed wireless network controllers for businesses of all sizes and can provide standalone desktop controllers, modular add-on wireless controllers for Cisco ISR routers and Catalyst switches, and Catalyst switches with built-in wireless network controllers.

Cisco Wireless Network Controller Module Online Consulting ServicesThe current generation of Cisco wireless controllers incorporate Cisco CleanAir technology to avoid RF interference and produce self-healing wireless networks for top 802.11n and 802.11ac throughput and protection. Built-in Bonjour Gateways enable discovery, advertisement and policy across the enterprise for Apple applications. For high availability, Cisco wireless network controllers support AP and client stateful switchover by enabling a standby high-availability controller to synchronize with a main wireless controller for AP license count, CAPWAP state and roaming keys, and access point CAPWAP state. In case the primary controller stops working, thousands of access points and clients can failover immediately to the backup wireless network controller.

Cisco's Wireless Module for ISR Routers with UCS-E provides entry-level 802.11n and 802.11ac support for 2900 and 3900 Series routers deployed by smaller businesses and satellite offices. This affordable and scalable module can support up to 200 APs and up to 6000 clients. (To learn concerning Progent's online and on-premises consulting and troubleshooting support for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router deployment and troubleshooting support.)

Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU switches intended for small to mid-size businesses and branches and come with an integrated wireless controller with the capability to handle up to 40 Gb of wireless throughput for each switch and up to 25 wireless access points and 1000 wireless clients per switch or stack. Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU rackmount switches designed for midsize and large organizations and feature a built-in wireless controller supporting up to 40 Gb of wireless capacity per switch and support for 50 wireless access points and up to 2000 wireless clients. The Wireless Services Module2 is a plug-in blade for Catalyst 6500 Series switches that include an integrated wireless network controller intended for mid-to-large size enterprises and capable of 20 Gbps throughput and with support for 1000 access points and up to 15,000 clients. (To learn about Progent's support for Cisco Catalyst switches, refer to Catalyst switches configuration and management consulting.)

Cisco 2500 Wireless Controllers are value-priced desktop units that simplify the provisioning and operation of wireless networks for small and midsize businesses and branch offices. The Cisco 2500 wireless LAN controller can handle from five to 75 APs and 1000 wireless clients and offers sustained performance of 1 Gbps.

Cisco Wireless Network Controllers Online ConsultingCisco's 5500 Series Wireless Controller is a scalable 1RU unit intended for mid-to-large sized enterprises and campus environments and can support up to 500 wireless access points and 7,000 wireless clients while delivering 8 Gbps performance. The Cisco 5760 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU device designed for mid-to-large campuses with the ability to manage 1000 wireless access points and 12,000 wireless clients and delivering throughput of 60 Gbps to handle high client densities and high amounts of media-rich mobile applications.

Cisco's Flex 7500 Series Wireless Controller is designed to manage thousands of wireless branches from a single location, avoiding the requirement for a wireless controller at each remote site. The 1RU Flex 7500 lets you create a private cloud to configure, track, manage, and repair up to 6000 APs and up to 64,000 clients while supporting 1 Gbps throughput. Cisco's 8500 Wireless Controller is a 1RU rackmount appliance designed to monitor and control wireless environments for large campuses or for service providers and can be expanded to support 6000 wireless points and 64,000 clients while delivering 10 Gbps performance.

Legacy Cisco Wireless Access Points, Bridges and Wi-Fi Controllers Supported by Progent
The 802.11ac standard for wireless connectivity virtually made obsolete all prior releases of Wi-Fi products for environments that support high numbers of clients and high usage of HD video software applications. Even for organizations who do not need the performance of 802.11ac, a large number of Cisco wireless products have arrived at end-of-life status, which can pose significant service and compliance problems. Progent's Cisco-certified consultants offer online and onsite support services for a wide array of earlier-generation Cisco wireless products. Progent can also help organizations to assess the potential ROI for updating legacy wireless infrastructure and can assist in designing and carrying out cost-effective, seamless migrations. Below are a few of Cisco legacy Wi-Fi devices that Progent's consultants still support.

Legacy Cisco Aironet Wireless Access Points
Cisco Aironet 1000/1130AG family access points are designed for conventional workplaces and other locations which have little environmental instability. These access points have built-in antennas that offer dependable omnidirectional range patterns. The Cisco 1130G Series product is offered for controlled domains that do not allow 5GHz transmission.

Cisco Aironet 1230AG/1240AG Series wireless access points are designed for more problematic RF environments like factories or above suspended ceilings which often call for flexible protruding antennas and durable cases. The Cisco 1240G family wireless access point is intended for controlled locations that do not allow 5GHz operation.

Aironet 1500 lightweight outdoor wireless mesh access points deliver a cost-effective, expandable, secure outdoor Wi-Fi technology for enterprise campuses and for public venues that need connectivity for mobile phones or computers.

Legacy Cisco Aironet Wireless LAN Bridges
Cisco Aironet Wireless Bridges Support ServicesCisco wireless bridges provide a high-speed and multi-featured technology for integrating multiple LANs in a metropolitan situation or public access environment. Cisco wireless bridges provide a versatile, manageable solution that meets the security requirements of public networking specialists. These devices handle both point-to-point and P2MP implementations with good range and support for traffic rates as high as 54 Mbps.

Cisco Aironet wireless bridges offer throughput substantially higher than E1/T1 connections for far less cost, eliminating the requirement for expensive leased lines when connecting different buildings. Since bridges require no ongoing costs, the expenses saved on connection services quickly cover the startup hardware costs. Private lines and even leased lines utilizing metal or fiber-optic cable can result in high startup expenses if they are separated by barriers like highways, train tracks, or bodies of water. Cisco wireless LAN bridges can be deployed quickly with a fast ROI.

Cisco Aironet 1300 outside access points/bridges can be deployed as stand-alone wireless access points, bridges, or wireless group bridges. These products have a ruggedized cover and offer fast, economical wireless interfaces between multiple stationary or mobile environments and clients.

Cisco 1400 bridges provide fast, dependable outdoor bridging for line-of-sight (LOS) environments. They include a ruggedized cover that is optimized for harsh outdoor environments and operate within broad temperature ranges.

Legacy Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers
Cisco Wireless Network Controllers Support ServicesCisco Wireless Controllers are centralize the management of wireless LANs by simplifying the handling of key technologies such as intrusion prevention, real-time RF management, automatic configuration, and N+1 redundancy. Cisco WLAN controllers work with small access points to offer superior performance and high-end management functions.

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers provide the control, expandability, security, and fault tolerance that IT managers need to build safe, enterprise-scale wireless networks, from satellite offices to small companies to main campuses. Cisco's first-generation WLCs can be clustered to provide support for up to 2400 wireless access points per roaming domain.

Cisco's WLCM or WLCM-E Wireless LAN Controller Module for Integrated Services Routers provides small-to mid-size businesses and large corporations an economical solution to deploy and manage secure wireless LANs at branch offices. These wireless LAN controllers manage up to twelve Cisco wireless access points and are supported on 2800/3800 Series Integrated Services Routers and 3700 Series Integrated Services Routers. (To learn concerning Progent's remote and onsite consulting support for Cisco routers, see Cisco router deployment and management consulting.)

How Progent's Consultants Can Assist Your Company with Cisco Wireless Products
Progent can provide access to a Cisco-certified expert to help your business to design, deploy, manage and troubleshoot a converged wired/wireless infrastructure incorporating a broad range of wireless products that offer the same protection, expandability, and ease of management you expect from a wired network. Progent can help you to maintain early-generation wireless solutions from Cisco or migrate efficiently to the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology. Progent's CISM, CISSP, and ISSAP security professionals can advise you about how to design protection into your wireless network and into your business operations. Progent's disaster recovery planning consultants and business continuity consultants can help you to set up the high availability technology incorporated into Cisco's wireless and wired technologies so your converged network delivers significant return on investment.

Progentís Wi-Fi Site Survey helps you to plan and implement a state-of-the-art wireless network customized for your environment, offering a Wi-Fi ecosystem that provides comprehensive coverage, high performance and capacity, QoS to handle IP video, advanced security, and simplified management. Progent's Wireless Site Survey can be performed online to cut time and expense, or onsite to deal with more difficult facilities.

For a more in-depth discussion of Progent's wireless consulting capabilities, see Progent's Wireless LAN Expertise.

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